I was born in Arendal, southern Norway, in 1981, and I remained in my nautical hometown throughout childhood.
But in 1998, I moved to Wales to complete secondary school at the United World College of the Atlantic. I spent two eventful years with my international classmates in the halls of St. Donat's Castle, on the brink of the Bristol Channel. The next stop was Harvard University, in the fall of 2000. Although majoring in economics, I also completed extensive course work in experimental psychology. Following graduation in 2004, I moved to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, to pursue a Ph.D. in Managerial and Organizational Behavior. I specialized in the psychology of decision making and judgment, with a strong focus on self-control, graduating in 2009.
My first academic position brought me to Berlin, September 2009, as Assistant Professor at ESMT European School of Management and Technology. After four years, I traded Berlin's vibrant urban life for the Scottish countryside, with permanent appointments between September 2013 and August 2016 at the University of St Andrews, School of Management--in a medieval cliff-side town, facing the restless North Sea.